It’s almost time to jump forward into spring, but are you ready for Daylight Saving Time?
As Canadians get prepared to roll their clocks forward on March 12th to allow for longer days, some people might be dreading it.
For those who are already lacking sleep, little things that can make a big difference.
The Better Sleep Council is offering tips to avoid Daylight Savings Time sleepiness to make the morning easier to handle.
Top Ten Tips for Surviving Daylight Saving Time:
- Gradually transition into the time change- Go to bed 15 minutes early, starting several days before the change.
- Take a nap- If you feel sleepy after the change to daylight saving time, take a short nap in the afternoon, no more than 20 minutes long.
- Commit to seven or eight hours of sleep- Work backward from your wake time and commit to getting at least seven hours of sleep every night.
- Keep regular sleep hours- Make sleep a priority by keeping a consistent bedtime and wake schedule, even on weekends.
- Exercise during the day- Even walking can help you sleep better. Just make sure you don’t work out within two hours of bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed- Alcohol and caffeine can interfere with sleep habits. Smokers should also avoid tobacco before bed, as it can lead to poor sleep.
- Eat light at night- Finish eating at least two or three hours before bed. Eating too close to bedtime can interfere with sleep quality.
- Relax before bed- Create a bedtime ritual that is relaxing by reading a book, listening to soothing music or soaking in a hot bath or shower.
- Create a sanctuary- Make sure your room is cool, quiet and free of distraction for the best possible sleep.
- Evaluate your mattress and pillows- If your mattress is seven years old or older, it may be time for a new one. In general, pillows should be replaced every year.